Car after IAF attack
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IDF kills senior Islamic Jihad operative in Gaza

Palestinians report at least three people killed in Israel Air Force strike on vehicle carrying al-Quds Brigades members; among those killed was Omar el-Khatib, who was behind attack on Kissufim crossing and capture of Palestinian collaborator

Palestinian sources reported that at least three people were killed in an IDF attack in the central Gaza Strip Thursday.


According to the report, an Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a car carrying operatives of the al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad's military wing. Omar el-Khatib, a senior member in the organization was reportedly killed in the attack.  


Senior Islamic Jihad sources told Ynet that el-Khatib was behind the attempt to attack the Kissufim crossing last month and also oversaw the recent capture of a Palestinian who was suspected of collaborating with Israel. The man, Fadel Dahamsh, died in a Gaza prison after being tortured by members of Hamas’ special security force.


A number of top Islamic Jihad commanders have been killed in Gaza over the past few months, including Raad Fanuneh, who found his death in an Israel Air Force attack on a vehicle in Gaza City in late June.


On Tuesday a missile was fired near a house in which el-Khatib was staying, but the IDF denied having attempted to assassinate the senior Jihad operative.


The group claimed that prior to the attack el-Khatib received a call from an Israeli cell phone, and as soon as he answered the missile was fired.


Hanan Greenberg contributed to the report


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